Thornbury and Yate MP Steve Webb has publicly thanked the local people who do so much to raise money for charity through the area's many charity shops.
The MP was speaking on a visit to the British Heart Foundation shop in Thornbury where he met staff and volunteers and saw 'behind the scenes' how gifts from the public are sorted and priced. The BHF shop alone raises around £90,000 a year towards research into heart conditions and has more than thirty volunteer helpers. On the day of the MP's visit, the helpers included a local teenager as well as a number of retired people from the local area and others able to offer spare time.
Steve Webb said:
"I am always struck when I am invited to visit a charity shop by how professionally they are run. Stock is rotated between shops to give shoppers variety, donations of items for sale are carefully logged so that gift aid can be claimed and the premises are often refurbished to a high standard. These shops depend on people giving their time to help out behind the scenes, on donations of items to sell and on the public who spend their money in the stores. I am grateful to everyone who 'does their bit' to help raise large amounts for good causes".
BHF Thornbury shop manager Teresa Dovey said: "Having lived in Thornbury for many years, I very much enjoy being able to run a local shop which does such a lot to help fund vital research. I am grateful to all the volunteers who give their time and expertise so unselfishly, as well as to everyone who brings in items to sell and everyone who comes in to the shop. All of this voluntary effort makes a big difference".